Category Archives: Tom’s Speaking Tips

A few handy things to bear in mind as a guest speaker

Speaking Tips – Gestures

Speaking Tips – Gestures I have always believed that in public speaking our gestures should be natural, spontaneous, and not thought about in advance.  I know this goes a lot against what is taught by many speaker trainers, but that … Continue reading

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Acoustics – and lack of a microphone

Acoustics – and lack of a microphone.   It is inevitable that the speaker who does a lot of presentations across a wide range of audiences will, at some stage or another, find himself unexpectedly having to present without a … Continue reading

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What’s in a Word

What’s in a word?  Well, a lot more than the few symbols which make up what is printed or written on paper.   The symbols make up the word, but the meaning of the word is made up by the person … Continue reading

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Feelings and the Speaker

Feelings and the Speaker Over the past forty years I’ve heard many a Toastmaster speech, attended many a Toastmaster workshop and read quite a few books by Toastmasters and others on effective Public Speaking.  Yet, from memory, I’ve found few … Continue reading

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How to Capture an audience

How to capture the audience at your next event. No matter what the circumstances, no matter what the event, an audience, be it one-on-one or ten million viewers watching a television show, they are attracted by only four behaviours.   You … Continue reading

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Speech Preparation

How to prepare a speech Remote Preparation – All your acquired knowledge and wisdom.  Wide experience, lots of reading all help.   The older you get, the more Remote Preparation you have to draw on.   Your life story comes into this.  … Continue reading

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Phone bookings

Useful Tips if you receive a booking to speak over the phone Ask who it is and their phone number straight away.     Write this down!  Who?   What organization?   How many people?   The average age of the audience.   Their likely interests?     … Continue reading

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Attire – The importance of dress in speaking

Common knowledge It is well known in speaking circles that a speaker should dress appropriately for his audience.   It is common knowledge that if one is at a formal gathering where people are expected to wear business suits you don’t … Continue reading

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Speaking Tips – Microphones

The first question you need to ask yourself concerning microphones is “Will I need one?”   The answer to that will depend on a number of things: size of room, audience numbers, background noise, and acoustics.   But in a great many … Continue reading

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Welcome to Tom Ware’s Public Speaking Blog

Hello, and welcome to Tom Ware Public Speaking.   By the use of this blog it is my intention to enable you to learn as much as you would like to learn (subject to my own limitations) about the art and craft … Continue reading

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